(725 ILCS 5/115-10.5)
Hearsay exception regarding safe zone testimony.
(a) In any prosecution for any offense charged as a violation of Section
407 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Section 55 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or Section 5-130 of the Juvenile
Court Act of 1987 the following evidence shall be admitted as an exception to
the hearsay rule any testimony by any qualified individual regarding the status
of any property as:
(1) a truck stop or safety rest area, or
(2) a school or conveyance owned, leased or
contracted by a school to transport students to or from school, or
(3) residential property owned, operated, and managed
by a public housing agency, or
(4) a public park, or
(5) the real property comprising any church,
synagogue, or other building, structure, or place used primarily for religious worship, or
(6) the real property comprising any of the following
places, buildings, or structures used primarily for housing or providing space for activities for senior citizens: nursing homes, assisted-living centers, senior citizen housing complexes, or senior centers oriented toward daytime activities.
(b) As used in this Section, "qualified individual" means any person who
(i) lived or worked within the territorial jurisdiction where the offense took
place when the offense took place; and (ii) is familiar with various public
places within the territorial jurisdiction where the offense took place when
the offense took place.
(c) For the purposes of this Section, "qualified individual" includes any
peace officer, or any member of any duly organized State, county, or municipal
peace unit, assigned to the territorial jurisdiction where the offense took
place when the offense took place.
(d) This Section applies to all prosecutions pending at the time this
amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly takes effect and to all
prosecutions commencing on or after its effective date.
(Source: P.A. 94-556, eff. 9-11-05.)